HAV Essay Competition

The 2023 Essay Competition is now open!

Competition details:

  • Students must be currently attending an Arizona high school in grades 9-12. 
  • Homeschooled students of high school age are also eligible. 
  • Entries must be 350-400 words long. 
  • Entries must be submitted online on the Honoring America’s Veterans website. 
  • Entries must be submitted by Tuesday, September 20, 2023.
  • Submission needs to include information on the form below and your essay in an attachment (doc, pdf, etc.)

Winners Receive:

  • Cash prizes ($250.00) to each first-place winner in grades 9-12.
  • Cash prizes ($150) for your classroom teacher.
  • The announcement of you as the essay winner when you ride in the HAV Phoenix Veterans Day Parade.
  • Your winning essay printed in the parade program, and other souvenirs

Entries will be judged on the quality of the story and its impact, writing and grammar, and adherence to the theme.

The Essay Competition is open until September 20, 2023

We are no longer accepting entries at this time.

All submitted essays become the property of Honoring America’s Veterans.



We salute our veteran’s and their loved ones in thanks for their patriotism & service to our country.